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  1. Two knee operations, rehab, a hectic work schedule, and the fact that the site doesn't allow me to sign in using my tablet...it has been a while since I posted. It has also been a while since I worked in the studio...but 2017 is another year. Looking forward to getting my hands in wet clay again. Happy Holidays

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    2. glazenerd


      Merry Christmas and Happy Pottery in the New Year.

    3. oldlady


      good news! now you can get sane again.

    4. dhPotter


      Excellent news! Go get 'em.

  2. Kiln cooling . Experimenting with two commercial glazes.

  3. Finally getting a bisque firing completed today. Too many distractions these past three months.

  4. Red letter day yesterday. 25 days from having my knee replaced I was able to go into the studio and throw for a few hours. I'm becoming human again!

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    2. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Then you must have timed it right! Good times ahead.

    3. PRankin


      Great news. Good luck.

    4. GiselleNo5


      Congratulations! :D

  5. Surgery Tuesday to replace my entire right knee. Rehab began yesterday. It looks hopefully be released today. Will work the old flywheel kickwheel into rehab routine when I can. Oh the drugs are so good. Sings "what a drag it is getting old" ( showing my age too)

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    2. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      I am glad the surgery went well and that you are feeling all right. Best wishes for a quick recovery!


    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Rehab is the key factor on the outcome-do it no matter what.

    4. Marko


      Ah man, I wish you a speedy recovery.

  6. Cleaned studio. Getting ready to switch from reddish brown clay to white, B-Mix.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Isn't it fun. I did that like 4 times in the past few months. Finally went back to porcelain and gave up the rest. Now I just use slips when I want to change colors.

  7. Back from France...In Paris art is like a morning fog, it is in every corner of the city. Now I understand the Impressionists

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    2. NFallon


      Alabama...we're you the one person reading my blog?...lol

    3. alabama


      So how does French pottery compare to

      The USA and Canada?

    4. NFallon


      Can't say really. I expected to see some at Montmarte, but all of the artist I encountered were painters. One studio in the small stone village of Olargue was closed for lunch (12p-2:00p - gotta love those hours). I did find a road side gallery that was on par with what finds in the US...but my sampling was very small. So, I need to go back for a bigger sampling!

  8. Off to France next week. Hope to see some local clay.

  9. I believe Lorijean and I solved the problem of the splash pan for the 40-year old Creative Industries wheel. While at NCECA, I spoke to every wheel manufacturer present about retrofitting their splash pan onto the CI wheel. They were all very accommodating but very skeptical as each manufacturer has a proprietary method to attach their splash pan to the table. Many of the splash pans would slide past the bearing under the CI wheel, but some would hang over the edge of the table. The CI wheel was designed to be sitting on the corner of the table with wheel between one's legs. My solution should have been to purchase the best splash pan candidate from the web and try it out....but NCECA got the better of me. I purchased the entire Clay Boss demonstration wheel for a discount from the good folks at Speedball. It comes with a splash pan (smile). Since I could put it in the back of the van, I figured I was ahead of something! The only item that had to be solved was a method of securing it to the table. The first link to my photo is the new wheel. (sorry for th links...I haven't mastered posting pictures on here yet). The Speedball people told me that they redesigned their splash pan a few years ago. It may have been previously made from lighter weight plastic. The new design is very rigid and is comparable to anything else on the market. https://www.dropbox.com/s/hafjimauyytfaqp/New%20CB%20Wheel.jpg?dl=0 This link is the method I came up with to secure the splash pan to the wheel head. Bungee cords are our friends. https://www.dropbox.com/s/faeu8rqued1xv49/CI%20wheel%20with%20CB%20pan.jpg?dl=0 If any one is wrestling with a similar problem...I cannot see why this wouldn't work with other wheel and other splash pans. Neil
  10. Heading to NCECA on Friday. Looking forward to being immersed in clay thought.

    1. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Reports and pictures ... For those who can only watch!

  11. The black plastic round object around the wheel head is the splash pan in the photo. One more item. There is a zerk grease fitting on the bearing right under the wheel. Make sure to add grease to the bearing. Do that every year and the wheel should last a good long time.
  12. I'm not sure if I will get the picture to post...but I bought the same wheel in 1974 for $195 or $275...can't remember...and it is still my primary wheel. It came with a splash guard...which I still use. I have all the dimensions and will be at NCECA this Friday to find a new splash guard. If you wish, I will share what I find from the mfg that are there. Posting pic next.
  13. I was in Toronto recently and was able to visit the Gardiner Museum. Besides there wonderful collection of many of my personal post war clay influencers, the had an exhibit of three artist expressing ideas relative to "###### identity through clay". The gift shop was selling a T-shirt that had "Clay is So Gay" on the front. A must see museum for any fans of the clay medium if you find yourself in Toronto.

  14. While in DC recently I was able to spend a few hours at the Freer/Shackler Museum of Asian Art. The exhibit "Chigusa and the Art of Tea" is worth a look. It is a small exhibit but informative. The Freer is a wonderful treasure in the capital. The permanent collections are eye candy.

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